LIMERICK’S Corrigan brothers, who have amassed almost 10 million You Tube hits, have released a new version of their biggest hit to date.
There’s Still No One As Irish As Barack O’Bama is the title of their latest ditty, which has been released following the re-election of US President Barack Obama.
It originally became a hit in 2008, for the group formerly known as Hardy Drew and the Nancy Boys.
The video for the song made its US TV debut on the Chris Matthews Hardball show on MSNBC this month.
“We were asked to update the song as a presentation to the President for his inauguration and we recorded the song before Christmas,” explained lead singer Ger Corrigan.
“It is now getting radio play across the USA and a number of American TV shows plan to film a performance of the song with us in Ireland before this year’s inauguration,” he said.
The lyrics to the famous song, which have attracted attention on both sides of the Atlantic, have been modified to reflect the President’s last four years in office.
They include: “Now four years have passed since he said ‘Yes we can’ but President Barack is still the man. There’s been the odd crisis and lots of drama. There’s still no one as Irish as Barack O’Bama.”
“In January of 2013 the White House will still be just as green just like the election in 2008. And poor old Mitt Romney - well, he’ll just have to wait.”
Ger said the original version captured the public’s imagination from far and wide.
“It has been used as an advertisement in Singapore, has been the subject of a Harvard Paper, it has been the theme song for the world’s shortest Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in Hot Springs, Arkansas and has been mentioned by the President in his address to the Irish nation during his visit in May 2011.”
The Corrigan brothers had a busy 2012, in which they completed the soundtrack for a film on George Clooney’s Irish roots, which will be released in the USA later this year. They also recorded a ballad dedicated to golfer Rory McIlroy which saw them making numerous TV appearances in the US and Japan.